Lions Club Sends Low-income Kids to Camp

The Boys and Girls Foundation, founded by the Lions Club of San Diego, provided 119 low-income and special needs kids with vouchers for summer camp recently.

The board's vice president Doris Alvarez shared the information at the group's weekly luncheon meeting Tuesday, where San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Chief of Staff Lee Burdick also spoke.

Founded in 1902 under a slightly different name, the Boys and Girls Foundation used revenue from selling a property in Steele Canyon to fund a "Boys and Girls Go To Camp" program.

The group is providing $250 vouchers to low-income or special needs kids to attend summer camp through local organizations, including the YMCA and Birch Aquarium.

Alvarez said the foundation receives letters from kids who have never been able to go to camp. One such letter read: "I liked horseback riding ... scared at first but then I got calm." 

More information can be found on the group's Web site here.

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